IRAQ INSPECTORS' REPORTS: `No Prohibited Nuclear Activities Were Identified by Inspections' ; THE BARADEI REPORT
The following is an edited version of the Report into the Status of Nuclear Inspections in Iraq by Mohamed al-Baradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency:
It is important first to recall what was accomplished during our inspections from 1991 to 1998. By December 1998 - when the inspections were brought to a halt - we were confident that we had not missed any significant component of Iraq's nuclear programme.
Conduct of inspections to date:
Over these first two months of inspection, we have made good progress in our knowledge of Iraq's nuclear capabilities, with a total of 139 inspections at some 106 locations to date.
The Iraqi declaration of 7 December was consistent with our existing understanding of Iraq's pre-1991 nuclear programme; however, it did not provide any new information relevant to certain questions that have been outstanding since 1998 - in particular regarding Iraq's progress prior to 1991 related to weapons design and centrifuge development. While these questions do not constitute unresolved disarmament issues, they nevertheless need clarification.
Resolution 1441 also clearly gave the inspectors the authority to determine the modalities and venues for conducting interviews with Iraqi officials. The first two individuals whom the IAEA requested to see privately declined to be interviewed without the presence of an Iraqi government representative. This has been a restricting factor. Although the Iraqi government recently committed itself to encouraging personnel to be interviewed in private when requested, regrettably the third request, two days ago, for a private interview was again turned down by the interviewee.
Findings of inspections to date:
First, we have inspected all of those buildings and facilities that were identified, through satellite imagery, as having been modified or constructed over the past four years. No prohibited nuclear activities have been identified during these inspections.
A particular issue of focus has been the attempted procurement by Iraq of high-strength aluminium tubes, and the question of whether these tubes, if acquired, could be used for the manufacture of nuclear centrifuges. …